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  • Interact with animals

  • Care for animals at the Centre 

  • Rescue reptiles

  • Learn about reptiles

  • Fundraising

  • Public education

  • Release back into the wild


  • Reptile handling techniques

  • Reptile husbandry

  • Reptile behaviour

  • Anthrozoology

  • Research

  • Hands-on reptile conservation

Job Shadow
R200 per person per day

For the young reptile enthusiast, our job shadow program allows individuals aged 13-18 years to get involved in most activities at the Centre during their time with us. 

For more information email us. 

Work Experience
R300 per person per day
R750 per person per day

Our volunteer program is available to anyone 18 years or older. Participants learn how facilities like Hoedspruit Reptile Centre are vital in bridging the gap between fear and appreciation of severely misunderstood animals. This opportunity is a massively rewarding experience allowing you to gain more experience into the world of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids. You will be involved in reptile rescues, excursions, day to day care and husbandry and learn valuable handling skills. Conservation is a priority with all that we do and research and education are our pillars in achieving this. Food, accommodation and Wi-Fi are included for our volunteers.

For more information email us.

Our work experience program allows individuals 18 years and older to experience first hand the different challenges that reptile conservationists’ face. This program does not include boarding.

For more information email us. 


What Do I Get From the Centre?

  • Volunteer Manual

  • Local pick up and drop off from the park to and from the airport/bus terminals 

  • Accommodation

  • Reptile handling training (non-venomous and venomous species) - depending on duration of stay

  • Education on reptile husbandry and care

  • Hands-on experience

  • Opportunity to attend all courses and lessons done at the Centre 

  • Internet access

  • TV/pool table/common room and lounge

  • Pool access


Why Volunteer at the Hoedspruit Reptile Centre?

Hoedspruit Reptile Centre is a unique facility that is dedicated solely to the preservation and conservation of reptiles. By working at the Centre you will play an active role in helping achieve this goal. You will have the opportunity to learn and work with a wide range of different reptiles at a world-renowned reptile centre. You will get practical, hands-on experience in the day to day running of the Centre and the chance to work with a variety of indigenous and exotic reptiles. You will also play an invaluable role in helping us educate people about reptiles.

What is Expected of Work Experience and Internship Students

Students are here to help with the general day to day care of all the animals at the centre. This will include tasks such as the feeding of the animals and the upkeep of their enclosures. Students are also here to interact with guests at the Centre and to educate them on the importance of reptiles in a natural ecosystem. There is rarely a dull moment at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre as exciting new challenges present themselves on an almost daily basis.


All students are housed in the Student House located behind the Centre. It is a fully kitted house with a fully equipped kitchen,  bathroom and a lounge area with TV, pool table and pool.  Internet is available in the house as well.  A housemaid does a cleanup twice a week of communal areas however students are to clean up after themselves (dishes and bedrooms). Accommodation is shared.

Working Hours and Time Off  

Students are expected to work every day from 8am to 5pm. An hour-long lunch is usually taken between 12:00 and 13:00 however due to the varied nature of work at the Centre, lunch may be taken at almost any time of the day. Time off and excursions must be pre-arranged with management.


Students staying for two weeks or longer, are taken on a mini-expeditions at local treasures in and around Hoedspruit where they are given the opportunity to observe and survey reptile activity. These excursions give students a chance to see reptiles in the wild and enjoy some of the local beauty.



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